“Growing Your Business on a Shoestring”

Nov. 7, 2019

9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Georgetown Event Center

1 Chamber Way

Georgetown, TX 78626

Join the summit to gain practical experience, get innovative tools and boost your soul to help grow your business. The focus of this program is increasing revenue with a minimal amount of expense. Everyone can get financing when they have lots of money. Let's talk about how to get financing when you really need it.

Summit Agenda:

         9:00     Check-in

9:30     Opening and Welcome – Celia Bell, SCORE Austin

9:45     Centering Exercise - Annelize Machado, Studio Kailash

10:00  Marketing on a Shoestring – Tiffany Scott, Sister Suppers & You Me She Collective

11:00  Ignite Your Authentic Potential – Kari Meredith, Ignite Synergy

12:00  Lunch with a panel discussion – Everyone can get financing when they have lots of money.  Let’s talk about how to get financing when you really need it.

            SBA - Nina Ramon – SBA San Antonio

            Bank - Laquita J. Cyprian, Capital One

            Micro Lender - Sheyenne Alvarez, People Fund

 1:15     “I CAN do it” Courageous Audacious Networking - Victoria Musa, SCORE Austin & HR Matters Global 

2:00     Wrap-up – Victoria Musa


Speaker Bios

“Marketing on a Shoestring”

Tiffany Scott

Entrepreneur and Founder

Sister Suppers and You Me She Collective

Tiffany Scott is an entrepreneur, sisterhood advocate, ocean addict and founder of the International organization Sister Suppers and branding boutique You Me She Collective.

The Australian native (now living in Austin, Texas) honed her skills working as a Brand and Marketing Director for powerhouse international brands, re-injecting life and vibrancy into a household name as iconic as Speedo.

She left the corporate world to follow her passion - community building. Her strength is identifying and fostering the DNA of local and global communities. That has become her superpower.

Using grassroots marketing (her favorite), Tiffany formed the international movement Sister Suppers. In nine cities in the USA and growing, Australia and England, Sister Suppers teaches dedicated (and devoted) hosts to become community leaders. Hosts open up their homes, make a home-cooked dinner and facilitate deeper connection through curated sharing circles, backed by the power of sisterhood. Every woman leaves feeling nourished inside and out.



Ignite Your Authentic Potential”

Kari Meredith

Co-founder and CEO

Ignite Synergy

Kari Meredith is co-founder and CEO of Ignite Synergy, a software development company that uses innovative technology to design and develop apps for businesses and organizations using G Suite and provides training for G Suite Apps through App Maker University. Kari strives to bring the knowledge of innovative Google technology to help businesses and nonprofits manage and scale their organizations as well as help people become proficient navigating G Suite to increase their knowledge and skill in this office ecosystem.

Prior to starting Ignite Synergy, Kari built a statewide program providing training and awareness on teen dating violence, sexual violence and human trafficking while at the New Mexico Attorney General’s office.  Spending over a decade working in the social justice field, she wanted to create a bridge that connects victims of trauma and the technology sector to open doors of opportunity for those who may not otherwise have the chance.  She has her B.A. in criminology from the University of New Mexico and is working on her masters in psychology with an emphasis on human factors which focuses on the link between psychology and technology.  Ignite Synergy continues to support organizations working with human trafficking and childhood trauma survivors. 

“How to Get Funding”

Luncheon Panelists

Laquita J. Cyprian

Vice President - Business Banking and Escrow (1031 Opportunity Zone) Solutions

Capital One

Laquita Cyprian is an experienced vice president with heavy business banking and commercial lending background. She specializes in proactively helping companies maximize operating efficiency, tools to manage escrow in high-revenue real estate transactions (such as 1031 Exchange, Opportunity Zones, property management, and other investment strategies) and improving return on cash reserves. She graduated from the University of Houston and has a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry with skills in portfolio management, business relationship management, risk management, commercial lending, and banking.

Nina J. Ramon

Public Affairs Specialist and Veteran Business Development Officer

U.S. Small Business Administration, San Antonio District Office

Nina currently serves as the Public Affairs Specialist and Veteran Business Development Officer for the U.S. Small Business Administration, San Antonio District Office. Nina started her civil service career in 2012 as a Contract Office Representative with the Department of the Air Force.

Nina is responsible for developing various communications products to increase visibility and awareness of SBA programs and services to the community as well as planning and participating in veteran-focused training and education events.

Nina is also a decorated U.S. Army combat veteran who is still currently serving in the U.S. Army Reserve as a public affairs specialist noncommissioned officer.

She holds a business management degree from Wayland Baptist University.

Nina, a native of Rockport, Texas, is married to Robert and has two beautiful children. When not working, Nina and her family volunteer their time with the Austin Boxer Rescue group.

Sheyenne Alvarez

Greater Austin Loan Officer

People Fund

Sheyenne first joined the People Fund team as a volunteer, and then quickly joined the staff full-time. As a passionate representative of the organization’s mission to create economic opportunity, Sheyenne provides support to startups, established businesses, and nonprofit clients – educating them about accessing capital and the process of obtaining capital. Sheyenne’s experience spans entrepreneurship, banking, and finance. Currently, she focuses on the Central Texas community, where she lives and raises her four children. A graduate from Texas State University with a degree in management and entrepreneurial studies, Sheyenne empowers clients so they can access the funds needed to create jobs, provide needed community services, and achieve the American Dream. An active member of her community, Sheyenne dedicates time outside of the office to volunteering, and has worked with Court Appointed Special Advocates, Boy Scouts of America, and neighborhood organizations.


Annelize Machado

Yoga Instructor and Integrative Movement Therapist

Studio Kailash

Annelize Machado is a Yoga Instructor and Integrative Movement Therapist. As a native of India, she spent much of her childhood in South Africa before moving to the United States with her family. She became a student of yoga in the 1990s, inspired by her uncle, during visits to Mumbai. She is a lifelong student of Yoga and her practice continues to serve as her foundation for accessing creativity, well-being and a practice in expansion. 

She is a Yoga Alliance certified Instructor (Hatha Yoga, 2009), and has completed training as an advanced teacher of Therapeutic Yoga (Integrative Yoga Therapy, 2015 & Functional Yoga Therapy, 2019). She continues her training with master teachers in the fields of Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda (in India and in the US). In addition to Yoga, she is also a practitioner of two other South Asian movement art forms, Bharata Natyam (Classical Indian Dance) and Kalaripayat (Indian Martial Art). 

She has been teaching since 2003 and has developed and led workshops in the U.S. & India for dancers, actors, martial arts practitioners, and community members of all ages. She is grateful for all the teachers and students who continue to inspire her along this journey. 

Annelize and her family own Studio Kailash, a new yoga center located in Northwest Austin. Studio Kailash is a peaceful space where one can come to practice yoga, receive wellness services and/or attend soulful arts events. As a teacher, Annelize offers her students a practice intended to strengthen the connection between body, mind and spirit. She believes that yoga has something for everyone and appreciates any opportunity to share the many tools that Yoga provides. 

"I CAN do it” Courageous Audacious Networking"

Victoria Musa

SCORE Mentor & Owner

HR Matters Global 

Over a career of 20 years, Victoria Musa has become recognized in the industry for her ability to help companies navigate the challenges of growth and change in a globalized marketplace.

Known for her people-centric approach, she blends analytics, practical insight and business instincts to deliver solutions that yield top performing teams and bottom-line results benefitting all stakeholders. Victoria operates by two core convictions: that people represent a company’s greatest resource, and that given the right tools, leaders can leverage their people’s abilities to resolve any problem. To that end, she takes time to understand an organization’s unique DNA, assess individual talents and skills, and identify critically important priorities.  Focusing on what’s right with a culture, she designs turnkey transition plans that build on strong relationships to achieve lasting positive outcomes.

Victoria’s successful projects include transforming a global procurement organization to achieve $50 million in savings, coaching numerous executives, among them a CFO and a Chief of Engineering, and re-engineering a global HR organization.

Master of Ceremonies

Celia Bell

Assistant District Director and VP for Community Development

SCORE Austin

CELIA BELL helped start, lead, and grow a small Austin-based company from 20 clients and one location at 100 Congress (Austin) in 1989 to over 2,000 clients and 14 locations in 5 major markets by 1997. (Austin, Houston, Dallas, Baltimore and Las Vegas)

At that time, four centers were sold to Regus. After retiring as Executive Vice President and an equity partner, she now serves as a volunteer business mentor for SCORE. Bell is a graduate of The University of Texas. Before her work with Business Suites, she held management positions as a vice president at Bank One, executive director of the Lake Forest, Illinois Music Institute, and director of The Chicago Conference on Religion and Race. She was first a client of SCORE in Chicago. Upon retirement, she reached out to SCORE Austin to volunteer.  She has held several positions in the local chapter including Chapter Chair. Her leadership in SCORE currently includes serving as Assistant District Director and Austin Chapter VP for Community Development and member of the national Marketing Council of SCORE. She was awarded the Chapter Counselor of the Year in 2012 by the Regional San Antonio office of the SBA and in 2014 received the SCORE national Platinum Leadership Award. During the last two years she has helped 328 SMB Start and Grow.